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UFC champ Robbie Lawler prefers Johny Hendricks trilogy over Rory MacDonald rematch

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Robbie Lawler is the new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin, thanks to a split-decision win over Johny Hendricks at the UFC 181 pay-per-view (PPV) event back on Dec. 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch it here).

And "Ruthless" is not opposed to a rubber match, according to his conversation with Sherdog's "Beatdown Radio" show, in order to "figure this one out."

"I'm very confident in my skills and think, if we fought again, I would win. Johny is a hell of a fighter, a hell of a competitor, and I look forward to meeting him again. Now that we have each won one apiece -- and they were close fights -- I think we need to figure this one out."

That could be problematic for top welterweight contender Rory MacDonald, who is sitting on the sidelines with the impression that he's next in line for a crack at the 170-pound crown. Weighing against him is a loss to Lawler back in 2013, as well as the controversy surrounding the UFC 181 scorecards (see them here).

But that all depends on UFC, according to the champ.

"If the bosses think [fighting MacDonald] makes sense and that's the fight everyone wants to see I'm sure they will make it happen, but I'm just relaxing right now. I'm not even thinking about that. I'm sure Dana, Lorenzo [Fertitta], Joe [Silva], and Sean [Shelby] will put their heads together and we will see what happens."

Tough one to call fight fans ... do you want Hendricks, or MacDonald?